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Mt. Ascutney

Ride/Trail Length:  3.7 miles
Surface: Paved
GPX file link:  https://docs.google.com/uc?export=download&id=0B2QuQK7UVZrnVnRaNHI3VVVjakUWP_000844

Mt. Ascutney State Park is located in the southeastern Vermont town of Windsor and in southwest New Hampshire.  The park season runs from May 20-October 16.  The Mt. Ascutney Parkway is a 3.7 mile paved toll road.  The peak is at an elevation of 3144 feet.  There are scenic pullouts along the auto toll road for picture taking.  WP_000846

The park has an extensive hiking trail system, campgrounds, an observation tower and hang gliding launch sites.

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There are at least 2 weekends a year that the auto toll road is closed to the public.  One of the weekends in September is reserved by MaxBMW for the Ascutney Hill Climb Time Trials. http://climbascutney.com/   The time trials (open to motorcycles and autos) travel up a 2300 elevation climb on the 3.7 miles of twisting paved road. Be sure to check the park’s website for current information on closures. 

 

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Resources:

Mt. Ascutney State Park Recreational Guide, Agency of Natural Resources Department of Forests, Parks and Recreation

http://www.vtstateparks.com/htm/ascutney.htm

Mt Ascutney State Park website: http://www.vtstateparks.com/htm/ascutney.ht

Link to MaxBMW’s information on Ascutney Hill Climb Time Trials http://climbascutney.com/

Mohawk Trail, Highway 2, Massachusetts

Ride/Trail Length:  37 miles
Ride Time:  60 minutes
Surface: Paved
GPX file link: https://drive.google.com/uc?export=download&id=0B2QuQK7UVZrnb1hXOUd6MmJ2ekk 

 

This section of Massachusetts Highway 2, originally a Native American trade route known as the Mohawk Trail is one of New England’s oldest and most beautiful scenic routes. It is 37 miles of pavement running from North Adams to Greenfield, Massachusetts which runs through the Mohawk Trail State Forest. It is a great ride and a good route if you are headed to Mount Greylock  Mount Greylock Ride. Traffic can be a bit heavy on the weekends but it is still a great ride. Whenever we are in the area we try to make this part of our route.

Resources:

Information

Mohawk State Forest Website

Detailed Maps:  DeLorme Atlas & Gazetteer Massachusetts; Fourth Edition 2009

Places to eat:

Old Mill Restaurant

Golden Eagles Restaurant

Mount Greylock State Reservation

Ride/Trail Length:  17.4 miles 

Ride Time:   35 minutes
Surface: Paved
Minimum Elevation: 766 feet
Maximum Elevation: 3197 feet
Total climb: 2619 feet
Total descent: 2187 feet
GPX file link: Mt Greylock.gpx

Great views

Great views

Mount Greylock State Reservation is located in the northwest corner of Massachus

etts.  The Summit of Greylock is closest to the town of Adams, MA. The auto roads are open from May 14 to November 1 and lead to Mount Greylock-the highest peak in Massachusetts at 3,491 feet.

 Geologically it is a part of the Taconic Mountains, but most people associate it with the Berkshire Hills due to the view from the Summit of the Berkshires.  On a clear day you can see 60-90 miles and into 5 states. Mount Greylock is used extensively for its network of hiking trails including the 11.5 miles of the Appalachian Trail.

Veterans War Memorial Tower

At the Summit is the Veterans War Memorial Tower* which was constructed from 1931-32.  Originally intended to honor the fallen soldiers of World War I, it is now considered a tribute to all the men and women of Massachusetts that served their state or country. 

*Closed till 2017 for renovation

 

 

The roads to the summit are paved and generally in great shape.  The are several blind hairpins that you must use caution on especially during busy times.  You never know when that eight passenger SUV is going to be coming round right in the middle. The roads on the back side headed towards North Adams are far less busy but just as much fun.  Watch out for wet leaves and pine needles.  We have had a few wiggles on them.  

Resources:

Information

Mt. Greylock State Reservation http://www.mass.gov/eea/agencies/dcr/massparks/region-est/mt-greylock-state-reservation-generic.html
Wikipedia https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mount_Greylock
Detailed Maps:  DeLorme Atlas & Gazetteer Massachusetts; Fourth Edition 2009 pg. 20 -21

Places to Eat

The Wandering Moose Cafe: http://www.thewanderingmoosecafe.com/

Places to Stay

Hampton Inn Bennington, VT
Hampton Inn Pittsfeild, MA

Adventure Touring Podcast – www.adventureriderradio.com

Have you been listening to Adventure Rider Radio (acadia-1 )? We happen to come across this series of podcasts while looking for more information on adventure riding 2up. It was begun in 2014 by Jim and Elizabeth Martin.

I’ve been looking through the podcast and found one 2up riders should listen to (the podcast are all interesting, but this one is on topic) “Pillion Power-Two Up or Not”. The host, Jim Martin talks with Shirley Hardy-Rix and Brian Rix–2 up riders that have adventured in a big way!

The podcast is about an hour long and they talk about the advantages and disadvantages of riding 2up. Throughout the interview Shirley and Brian share their experiences of adventure riding–good and bad. It is worth the time to listen.

My favorite, non-technical point comes at the end of the podcast when Shirley says she and Brian like to share a beer at the end of the night to talk about their day’s ride and each other’s experiences…after all the ride from the driver’s seat is different from the ride in the pillion and vise versa.

Craig and I have been known to share a beer or two after the bike has been put to rest at the end of the riding day. Finding locally crafted beers is part of the fun of our trips.

Cheers!
Adventure2up. Be Safe-Craig and Bridget

Why do we ride in full color?

I am not referring to club colors, I mean colorful jackets, pants, and bike . As you go through our recent pictures you will see many different colors. Me in a BMW Dry Suit  with yellow and white. My wife’s is red a gray.

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We have added reflective stickers to the aluminum panniers and LED driving lights. This is very different from our original look, black riding suits, black helmet, black and aluminum Vario bags on a silver and black bike. Why the change to color?

On a nice afternoon riding 2Up we were a block from home making a left onto our street. A car was at the intersection sitting at a stop sign. I slowed down and made eye contact with the driver as proceeded into the intersection. He looked me in the eye and promptly pulled out as we rounded the corner. First contact with on my left foot which pushed the bike sideways. We almost made it around the car when the car’s mirror caught my wife in the shoulder. That flipped the bike high side. I landed on my hands and knees, my wife on her side one leg under the bike. Fortunately this was a slow speed accident and no one was seriously hurt but it we were not able to ride for over 6 weeks. bridget-red

The driver actually drove another 40 feet before stopping, not comprehending what had just happened. He got out of the car with the classic line “I never saw you.” When I entered the intersection I knew he might not see us. I slowed in full view of him and made eye contact. He looked right through us and ran us over.

me-yellowWould our new threads and other colorful bits have prevented this? Of course there is no way to know. But I do know objects with multiple primary colors stand out. Fire trucks are red for a reason. We may not look cool in our mismatched suits, but we stand out. And that’s the point.

Adventure2up. Be Safe-Craig and Bridget

Who we are

“Only a biker knows why a dog sticks his head out of a car window.”
-Author Unknown

I saw this quote about 12 years ago, wrote it on a scrap of paper and stuck it to the side of the fridge.  It made me laugh…it spoke to me…and gave me hope that the day would come when my husband and I could motorcycle together again.  We were able to do so in 2012 when we bought a new BMW R1200GS.  This street/off-road was a new style of bike to us. We had never “adventure” toured or ridden before, but the idea excited us.

We are 2 middle aged bikers exploring dirt and mountain roads. We seek out logging and fire roads and whatever path we can find that isn’t too narrow to turn around on if we must.  We live in the New England area and have access to some of the most beautiful country we have seen so far.  We ride 2 up, usually under a full load.  Our rides are normally 3-5 days in length.

 

Mt. Greylock State Reserrvaton 9-16-12We have noticed that there are not many websites or blogs that are dedicated to 2 up adventure riding and decided to share our experiences and hard-gained knowledge with others.  Hopefully we will also hear back from other 2 up riders about their experiences.  We are not experts by any means, just out there playing in the dirt and mud and water and having fun trying to stay shiny side 2 up.  Who are we kidding-there is no shiny side in adventure riding!  It is all covered in dust and dirt!

 

Our website www.adventure2up.com is a work in progress.  We are busy posting our trips and routes (not all will have routes for some are lost forever do to a computer meltdown–we can laugh about this now).  We will also have pictures, make mention of equipment we use (likes and dislikes), things we have learned from other riders and things we have learned by riding.

 

Adventure 2up. Be safe-Craig and Bridget

 

Welcome

Welcome to our new website.  We are Craig and Bridget, adventure touring enthusiasts.  We tour mostly 2 up in the northeastern U.S.  We started this site to share our experiences, lessons learned, and to here from other riders.  We hope you find this sire useful and visit if often.

Happy riding!